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Samsung Internet 12.1 beta gets a grid layout for the tab switcher

Samsung Internet only recently got a big release that gave it third-party password manager autofill support and a new Chromium engine, but the developers are already hard at work on the next feature update, version 12.1. The browser's current beta adds a new grid view to the tab switcher, giving it almost the same layout Google Chrome is currently testing for many people.

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The US government is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese apps

India just banned its citizens from accessing TikTok, CamScanner, WeChat, and 56 other popular Chinese apps last month, and it looks like the practice is already drawing international interest. In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US government is "looking at" imposing a ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok. The comment follows further international isolation of China and companies based in the country, as the UK is now also looking into restricting Huawei from working on its internet infrastructure.

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After 3 months of restrictions, the YouTube app is still limited to 480p in India

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed how we all do business, take classes, and meet our family members. Many of our streaming apps have had to lower the video quality to spare some bandwidth for the more important stuff. Following Netflix’s lead, YouTube also began capping the video resolution to standard definition on mobile phones. What was supposed to be a temporary restriction for Indian users has now been in place for three months, affecting hundreds of millions, and there's no sign that Google will ease it anytime soon.

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OnePlus Gallery app lost the ability to edit slow motion videos, but a fix is coming

OnePlus added video editing features to its built-in Gallery app back in 2018, and that included the ability to edit slow-motion video. But, in a change which slid under most people's radar, the ability to edit slow-motion video was pulled from the OnePlus Gallery app last month. Don't grab your pitchforks just yet though, because it sounds like the feature should make a quick return.

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Google Meet doubles app installs in 50 days, hitting 100 million


Google Docs dark theme is officially out for Android

If you use Google Docs, Sheets, and/or Slides, you're overdue for a big treat. Dark themes for those apps are now rolling out... but that roll out might take longer than you'd like.

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Play Store tweaks category icons with new mint green and blue colors

Google is rolling out a handful of minor visual tweaks to the Play Store in a recently spotted test. The change rearranges the Categories section to remove the "top categories" carousel at the top, increases the whitespace between listed categories, and updates the icons themselves. These changes also apply to other parts of the Play Store that include categories, like the Family tab.

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36 temporarily free and 67 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Since we just celebrated a holiday weekend in the US, many sales are going around, and so I have a healthy roundup today that includes more than a few noteworthy titles. This means you can pick up the fantastic puzzle game Threes! at a drastic discount. If you're more a fan of golf games, then you'll definitely want to check out the sale for Golf Peaks. Of course, if you prefer deep RPGs, then you'll be glad to hear Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is on sale once again, for half-off. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Google really, really, REALLY doesn't want you to install AnTuTu

Google's Play Protect service, which helps protect you from accidentally sideloading malware, is now blocking the installation of the benchmarking app AnTuTu. Google Chrome is also warning users that navigate to Antutu's official download page that the site contains "harmful apps." This news follows the application's removal from the Play Store earlier this year

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Google Chrome is working on biometric authentication for payment autofill

A few months ago, we spotted Chrome working on Windows Hello integration for payment autofill authentication, sparing you from digging out your physical card to enter your CVC over and over. We've now found out that Windows isn't the only place where Google wants to make access to payment cards easier and more tightly integrated. The company is also working on system-wide authentication for Android (and possibly Chrome OS, Linux, and macOS). Sadly, the feature isn't fully live on any iteration of Chrome for Android yet.

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